Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Title:  The Night Circus

Author: Erin Morgenstern

Summary:  The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rรชves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

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Where was this book when I was going through that circus phase? (Note to self: next time my aunt suggests a book- READ IT.)

*I Buddy Read this with my friend Desara, we started it on July 10th!

There were lots of different povs, but it surprisingly wasn't confusing for me. I really enjoyed the different views, because they were each important to the mysterious and suspenseful feeling the book gave me all the way to the end (and even after).

The plot, the characters, and the romance- was so beautifully entwined that I'm tempted to go reread the book again just to get the experience again.

Celia and Marco were lovely to read about, and then figuring out how Bailey was connected kept me pretty busy from guessing what would happen.
I especially loved the ending!

I think what surprises me the most about this book, was how I felt like I was reading another book just like Pride and Prejudice. It's not a secret that I am a Jane Austen Fanatic, so when I say I loved this book like it's another Pride and Prejudice- that's the biggest complement I can give a book!

I loved the time frame, I loved the descriptions and game, the places that the circus traveled to! Definitely much better than I thought it would be!!

But I feel like this is one of the books that you have to read twice because there is so much to it, and you might have missed something, y'know? That may have just been me, but I would suggest giving this book a try if you haven't read it yet!!

[My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐] 4.5 stars!

What did you guys think of it? Who was your favorite character? What did you think of the ending??

Thanks for reading!!
~Books with Noel


  1. I've been hearing about this book for a couple years now and have been interested by it, but I don't know why I haven't picked it up yet. It sounds right up my alley and so many people enjoy it. Thanks for sharing your review.

    1. I had heard about it for years too, so many people that I know LOVE it- so I finally gave it a try and did not regret it!!

  2. I've never seen or heard of this book before! I don't think it is quite the book for me, but I'm glad that you really loved it. Maybe in the future I'll pick it up :)

    Elle Inked @ Keep on Reading

    1. I'd heard about it for years from people and how much they loved it, but I was so suprised when I finally did pick it up and enjoyed it so much!

  3. I read The Night Circus at the beginning of the year and I can't believe that it took me so long to read it! For a while, this was one of the most hyped books ever, and with good reason! Like you said, there were a lot of perspectives, but they all added to the story instead of taking away. I LOVED the romance between Celia and Marco (even though I might have to pick Marco as my favorite character). At first, I was a little bit confused by the Bailey chapters. However, I should have never lost faith because EVERYTHING came together perfectly in the end. I kind of knew where the ending was going (there were a couple of hints dropped along the way and the situation with Celia's father) yet it still managed to hit me in the feels. It wasn't a sad ending by any means and I know that Marco and Celia will always be with the circus, but the fact that the competition had to end that way broke my heart.

    I could talk about this book for ages. Thanks for the great review and discussion!

    Tessa @ Crazy for YA

    1. YESS!! You're absolutely right! I had to go back and reread some of the Bailey chapters afterwards Lol.

  4. I have this one somewhere... I was lucky and got to meet the author at BEA one year! <3

    I don't know why I never started it, but I guess I need to figure out what shelf it's hiding on so I can try it for myself. Also, I love that your aunt recommended this to you. :)

    ๐‘‹ Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

    1. That's awesome! There are some books that I meant to read really badly, but then I never actually got around to reading them.

      Haha, thanks! My aunt is like one of my best friends- but if you saw us in public you would think we were sisters, Lol.

    2. It's great that you're so close! My extended family is very...odd. They like their solitude and don't appreciate visitors (even family). I haven't seen them much since high school.

    3. Ah, that actually describes the rest of my family that are not my grandparents, aunts or uncles, or parents.